Spanish tourist falls from Berlin bridge and drowns

Spanish tourist falls from Berlin bridge and drowns
The man fell from Berlin's Oberbaum Bridge. Photo: DPA
A Spanish tourist died in the early hours of Tuesday morning after falling from one of Berlin’s landmark bridges and into the Spree river.

The 46-year-old man fell from the Oberbaum Bridge linking Kreuzberg with Friedrichshain at 3.40am. Police said in a statement he had been climbing the bridge with his 27-year-old friend when he slipped and fell into the river.

He grabbed onto a pillar at the bottom of the bridge and then tried to swim to shore but drowned.

Passers-by and several of his friends jumped into the water and dragged him to shore.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the man at the shore but failed. He was pronounced dead in the ambulance. 

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